Looks like Ahmad Brooks won’t need Ray Lewis’ money after all.
After being fined $15,750 for his controversial hit on Drew Brees (which we all LOL’ed at in super slo-mo) in Week 11, Brooks, according to Matt Maiocco, has won his appeal and is officially off the hook. In your face, overprotective NFL!
To jog your memory, Brooks’ high hit on Brees late in the fourth quarter caused a fumble, which the Niners recovered, likely sealing the victory. The fumble, however, was negated by a personal foul called on Brooks for the hit. Their drive extended, the Saints came back to tie the game and later win the game on a late field goal.
An insulted Ray Lewis went on TV the next night and said that he would offer to pay half of whatever Brooks’ fine would be. When Brooks was handed the hefty penalty days later, Lewis, the boy scout he is, said he would still live up to his word. Tedy Bruschi also offered to pay a third of the fine.
Brooks rebuffed their offers, instead opting to appeal the fine, which Maiocco says Brooks did over the phone with former NFL center Matt Birk, who handles appeals for the league. That obviously was the best move for all parties involved.
Above all else, I think the lesson here is that Ray Lewis has a lot of money.